His long and successful conductorship of the Nieuw Ensemble has resulted in numerous premieres and tours, including visits to international festivals in Edinburgh, Berlin, Venice and Shanghai. Intensive and fruitful collaborations with composers have led to many new works and to recordings (Carter, Harvey, Ferneyhough, Donatoni, Loevendie among others).
As a symphonic conductor, Spanjaard built a large orchestra repertoire in his years as Chief Conductor at the Limburgs Symphony Orchestra, with programmes dedicated to single composers (Messiaen, Ravel, Dvořák, Bartók), and also with special semi-staged performances such as Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien in which – at Spanjaard’s request – a new text and choreography were provided by Ramsey Nasr and Toer van Schayk respectively. Besides this, he has been a regular guest conductor at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2001, where he has been invited several times for French music (Debussy, Dukas, Roussel), but is also appreciated for his approach to symphonies such as Brahms’ Second and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.
Spanjaard has successfully conducted, among others, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and the Klangforum Wien. Spanjaard has conducted the The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions, including a memorable production of Verdi’s Aida in Amsterdam, and for recordings in the renowned series ‘Four Hundred Years of Dutch Music.’
As a pianist, Spanjaard has specialized in song accompaniment. He performed regularly with Elly Ameling. More recently he performed in concert with Maarten Koningberger, with whom he recorded an album featuring Mahler’s songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
During the royal wedding of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima in 2002, Spanjaard provided the music as conductor and pianist.
Since September 2012, Ed Spanjaard has been Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Ed Spanjaard is principal conductor of Orkest van het Oosten/Netherlands Symphony Orchestra from season 2017/18.
Masumi Nagasawa is one of the few harpists to perform on the modern Grand Harp, the single-action pedal harp (18th-19th century historical harp), the Irish harp and the kugo or Japanese ancient harp. She has been invited to International Festivals and also to various International Harp competitions as a jury member, these including the Concours de harpe Lily Laskine in Paris.
Masumi has given recitals in major concert halls in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Budapest, Rome, Prague, Washington D.C., Copenhagen and Brussels. Her recitals are highly varied, always changing with the development and expansion of her repertoire. She has been a soloist with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, St. John’s College Choir Cambridge and has also appeared as a soloist together with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Cecilia Bartoli. International festivals where she has been invited to perform include the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Geneva Music Festival, the Akiyoshidai International Music Festival, the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte, and the Torino Milano Festival Internazionale della Musica.
On historical harp she has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, the Balthasar-Neuman Ensemble, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Orchestra La Scintilla and the Netherlands Bach Society.
Alongside her concert appearances she both composes and arranges music for the harp; this has also been published and recorded.
She currently teaches at the Conservatory in Maastricht.
Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes and his orchestral piece La Mer.